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Maritime Collaboration Nets Three Illegal Aliens on Jet Skis

Release Date: 
March 19, 2015

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif.—Early this morning, three Mexican nationals were arrested near the Imperial Beach pier after they entered the U.S. illegally by jet ski.

Three men on this jet ski were arrested for entering the U.S. illegally.

Three men on this jet ski were arrested for entering the U.S. illegally.

At approximately 12:46 a.m., Border Patrol agents observed two jet skis crossing from Mexico into the United States.  Agents notified the Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC), located at San Diego Sector Coast Guard Station, of the incursion.

JHOC alerted a CBP Office of Air and Marine (OAM) Coastal Interceptor “SAFE” boat that was patrolling near the area and responded.  A Border Patrol all-terrain vehicle unit waited ashore.

As the SAFE boat approached the two jet-skis more than a mile off-shore, they attempted to flee back towards Mexico.  One jet ski lost control and three adult men on board were thrown into the water.  Marine interdiction agents on board the SAFE boat pulled the men out of the water.  An OAM A-Star helicopter also responded to the area and observed the second jet ski flee back into Mexican waters.   

The men were placed under arrest and turned over to Border Patrol custody.  An immigration inspection revealed that the men were illegally present in the U.S. They were transported to a Border Patrol station for processing.  The jet ski was seized by the Border Patrol.

The U.S. Border Patrol in collaboration with Federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies coordinates operations through the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (ReCoM) to address transnational maritime threats along the Southern California coast.  The ReCoM mission is to increase homeland security by eliminating transnational crime along the coast.  The Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) in San Diego is the tactical command center for ReCoM.

If you have information about maritime smuggling or suspicious activity along the coast of California, please contact the Joint Harbor Operations Center at 1-800-854-9834.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017